Beyond Authority: Leadership in a Changing World by J. Middleton

By J. Middleton

Via compelling principles and examples, past Authority argues that new leaders must be convinced to legitimise themselves and problem previous methods. they should boost a management type that allows them to guide past the normal obstacles and constraints in their businesses.

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All rights administered by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd, London W6 8BS. Reproduced by permission. 29 30 Beyond authority that the reason you are the favorite is that you are actually quite good. It is an organizational fact that, the better you are, the more freedom you get. In delivering on objectives, it is often this extra freedom that enables you to succeed. It becomes a virtuous circle where you succeed because your past successes allow you a latitude that is denied to others and that is vital for success.

You do this on the basis that they are not wrong, just misinformed; and when they have had a chance to understand why your idea has merit, then perhaps you can negotiate, if not their support, then at least their lack of opposition. In managing negative conditions, creating non-combatants out of opposing forces is a major success. Engagement with them in an intelligence-gathering and influencing/ negotiating mode should be the prime objective. Don’t get going until you have done this. I think a charm offensive, on a one-to-one basis, is preferable to dazzling them in a group meeting.

They don’t take the time to ask why the form is there and what it is for. They don’t consider that, in a democracy, maybe it is quite important to allow everyone to apply for appointments. So they simply will not fill in the form. Until recently, I was an Independent Assessor of Public Appointments, there to ensure fair play. More than once, I looked at application forms that were full of empty pages, bar the final signature. They didn’t even bother to print their names underneath. Sue Stapely is a solicitor and reputation management consultant at So how different is it out there?

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